Another revolutionary insight

The Count

  It occurred to me today, over brunch at The Beachcomber, directly on the sand at Crystal Cove, why there's a perfectly good explanation for the fact that even large surveys have failed to detect vampires:  The questions are poorly designed. For example, if you ask whether anybody out there has been harmed by a vampire, you're almost never going to get an affirmative response, and the reason for that is obvious: The people who might have answered … [Read more...]

Why the Egyptians built the pyramids


  A revolutionary new explanation for the pyramids of Egypt has just occurred to me: I suspect that the pyramids were originally painted black.  The ancient Egyptians hoped to lower the temperatures in the Nile Valley by constructing giant heat-absorbers, with maximum surface area. Clever, once you understand it.  Unfortunately, given the hot climate and the annual sand-bearing khamsin winds, all the paint has peeled off.But the idea … [Read more...]

Einstein on “fanatical atheists”

Albert Einstein

  "The fanatical atheists are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle.  They are creatures who -- in their grudge against traditional religion as the 'opium of the masses' -- cannot hear the music of the spheres." Albert Einstein   Posted from Newport Beach, California    … [Read more...]

The need for special divine revelation


  "Human salvation demands the divine disclosure of truths surpassing reason."  (St.Thomas Aquinas)  Posted from Newport Beach, California    … [Read more...]

John Paul II on science and religion

From someone I really admire

   Karol Wojtyla (aka John Paul II) held doctorates in both philosophy and theology, and was an exceptional thinker.  Posted from Newport Beach, California    … [Read more...]

Mosiah 1

Where does Mosiah fit in the structure?

  I've spent too much time on this blog and on Facebook today, and some interactions -- with purported brothers and sisters in the Gospel -- have been remarkably unpleasant. So I'll be brief right now with regard to today's reading, Mosiah 1.  I just don't have the stomach for more. The book of Mosiah begins rather abruptly, and there may be a very solid reason for that.  Take a look at t … [Read more...]

“What A Billion Muslims Really Think”

Geometric design in Islam

  Many people in the West quite confidently discuss Muslim attitudes on the basis of no real acquaintance with either the Islamic world or actual Muslims. So I'm going to recommend a book: Several years ago, the Gallup organization undertook an enormous, multi-country survey of the Islamic world, the largest ever done.  The results of that survey are reported and discussed in John L. Esposito and Dalia Mogahed, Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion M … [Read more...]

“Tyndale Versus More in the Book of Mormon”

Holbein's portrait of More

   Amid all the noisy controversy devoted to a misguided article by a bishop attacking Harry Reid's faith, The Interpreter Foundation continues moving quietly forward. For the 119th consecutive week, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture has published a new article.  (Sometimes, it has published two on the same Friday.) This article is by Professor Royal Skousen, who also recently granted The Interpreter Foundation his permission t … [Read more...]